Winterize Your Car Now for Optimum Protection

Must you winterize your car in northern Utah every year? You betcha!

Changes in the weather don’t just impact humans, they also impact the modern conveniences humans depend on, like our cars. When you winterize your car correctly, you are helping it to function reliably even in the coldest winter weather. This also helps extend the life of your vehicle. Following are some steps you should take to prepare your car for the coming season.

Engine Oil

The operation of your car’s engine changes depending on the weather. The air temperature influences your engine’s temperature, and consequently, your oil.

In the winter, you need an oil that will flow quickly to lubricate your engine at startup when the temperature drops below freezing. Today’s multigrade oils are designed to function well in both hot and cold weather, but check with your mechanic before winter sets in to ensure you’re using the correct grade and type of oil for the cold weather.

Coolant

The coolant system in your car keeps your engine from overheating, but it also protects against corrosion and ensures that the engine warms up correctly in the cold. Before the temperatures drop, check your coolant level. Your car also requires a specific coolant-to-water ratio, and your mechanic will verify that yours is correct.

If you haven’t had your coolant changed in a couple of years, be sure to have this critical service performed ASAP.

Battery Capacity

Battery capacity (cranking power) is significantly reduced in the cold weather, and the older the battery, the smaller the chance it will make it through the winter. Have your battery, cables, terminals and fluid checked now, to help ensure it can last through the frigid temperatures ahead. Just in case, always carry jumper cables in your car and make sure you know how to use them!

Tires

Your tires are extremely important in the winter, as they will be your vehicle’s main point of contact with snow, ice, sleet and whatever else the unpredictable winter months have in store. The right tires give you a big advantage over winter road conditions.

Be sure also that your tires are properly inflated. As the temperature cools, the air inside your tires shrinks, leaving them underinflated. This causes excess wear, decreased gas mileage, and in times of dangerous driving conditions, it reduces the amount of traction you have on the road.

Windshield Treatments

Windshields tend to get overlooked when we prepare for winter, but you know how important they are to safe driving! Winter conditions mean that other cars in front of you will kick up snow, dirt and anything else on the roads and deposit it on your windshield.

You can prepare for this by making sure to put in a washer fluid that contains antifreeze. It’s a good idea to consult with your mechanic on which product to use, however, because some types can damage your car’s paint.

In Midvale, Viking Automotive is your locally owned and operated automotive repair expert. We can inspect your vehicle and make sure it is able to withstand all of the weather conditions we’re likely to see during the upcoming cold months. Winter is just around the corner, so don’t wait too much longer to winterize your car.

 

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